President Trump today intentionally insulted North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, describing his state as a bastion of evil and suggesting he had failed his own grandfather.
“North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves,” said Trump in his address to South Korea’s national assembly.
Why is he doing this? I think it’s a last-ditch effort to avoid war. Trump understands people like Kim better than Barack Obama did, knowing that the only way to convince them you are serious about destroying them is to show you don’t care what they think and are willing to take them on. The appeasement policies of Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton didn’t work.
I don’t think it can succeed, but it’s worth trying. The best chance is for Trump to convince the China, where he is now, that it must vastly curtail its support for North Korea. Unfortunately, China shows no sign that it is serious about doing this.